Chelsea were held to a goalless draw at Norwich on Saturday and face an FA Cup replay at Stamford Bridge in two weeks’ time.
David Luiz returned to the side for the first time since November, and there were also starts for Kenedy and Michy Batshuayi.
A poor strike from Kenedy after three minutes was the only notable – notable being an exaggeration – chance in the opening quarter of an hour.
It was quite obvious that David Luiz hadn’t played in two months, when he gave the ball away with a poor touch and Alex Pritchard almost scored for the hosts.
Norwich’s main thread came down the left hand side, where Josh Murphy had a great game against Davide Zappacosta and put the Chelsea defence under pressure in numerous occasions.
Chelsea looked a lot more energised going into the second half. Batshuayi had two shots saved in quick succession 10 minutes after the restart.
Alvaro Morata and youngster Charly Musonda were introduced for the final 15 minutes, but even two pair of fresh legs couldn’t give the Blues the necessary drive to create any clear-cut chances.
18-year old Dujon Sterling was introduced late on, but Chelsea just couldn’t find the back of the net and will now have to play a replay at Stamford Bridge on January 17 – something we really didn’t need during this busy period.
Chelsea (3-4-3): Caballero; Rudiger, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Kenedy (Musonda 78′); Willian, Batshuayi (Morata 74′), Pedro (Sterling 89′)
Subs: Eduardo, Clarke-Salter, Ampadu, Hudson-Odoi
Booked: David Luiz 41′, Cahill 62′